Honour for Cancer Professor at Leicester and Leicesters Hospitals

A Professor at our University and consultant at Leicester’s Hospitals has been honoured ‘for his lifelong work on earlier diagnosis and improved outcomes for lung cancer patients.’

Professor Mick Peake, Honorary Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University and Honorary Consultant at Leicester’s Hospitals was awarded the Charles Cully medal by the Irish Cancer Society.

Professor Peake is the Clinical Lead for Early Diagnosis in Public Health England’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service, where he oversees the clinical understanding and analysis of UK-wide population data on cancer.

He has been involved in the development and implementation of national cancer policy since the late 1990s, and has published widely with his major interests being in early diagnosis and improving outcomes for cancer patients by proper service configuration, supported by good clinical outcome data.

The Charles Cully Memorial lecture recognises and awards leadership in the fields of cancer control, cancer prevention and health policy, and provides an opportunity to highlight best practice or innovation in those areas.

Following Professor Peake's delivery of the Charles Cully Memorial Lecture, entitled ‘Towards the earlier diagnosis and improved outcomes of lung cancer patients', he was presented with the award.

Professor Peake said: “It was a great honour to receive The Charles Cully medal at the annual meeting of the Irish Cancer Society. I was speaking about the huge progress that we had made in the quality of care, earlier diagnosis and outcomes for lung cancer patients in the UK over the last 15 years or so. A significant amount of this came from my work leading the establishment of the Thoracic Oncology Unit in the University Hospitals of Leicester, but I have been extremely fortunate to work with a great range of clinicians and researchers over the years in which I have often only been the ‘front man’, so my thanks go out to all my colleagues over the years."